What we plan to do
    • Talk with and listen to our Wairarapa communities
    • Continue on-going discussions with Wellington Councils            
    • Keep an open mind about how Wairarapa could work with neighbouring councils on regional issues of strategic importance              
    • Following the public consultation, review options for Wairarapa and develop an application for change.
    • Submit an application for change to the Local Government Commission.

Who will make the final decision on the future of Wairarapa local government?

There are 2 possibilities:

  1. The Local Government Commission, an independent body, will look at all applications for change in an area and advise a final proposal that it thinks will work best.
  2. if 10% of electors in just one of the affected districts sign a petition in favour of a public poll, a poll must be held across the entire affected region (in this case, the greater Wellington region). In that case, the Commission’s proposal will be accepted if the majority of votes cast are in favour of it.